A somber anniversary of a crime that shocked this state and changed Vermont's sex offender laws. It was one year ago that 12-year-old Brooke Bennett was last seen.
Brooke entered a Cumberland Farms store in Randolph with her uncle Michael Jacques. Jacques is now charged with her rape and murder and could get the death penalty. He had been released from probation seven years early following a conviction for kidnapping and raping a teen.
Lawmakers have since created "Brooke's Law," calling for tougher sentencing for sex offenders, new prevention programs and protection for victims.
Bennett's parents say they are still struggling with the reality of her death.
"Try and keep her with me, yeah... it's tough. Still doesn't seem real," said James Bennett, Brooke's father. "Doesn't seem like it's been a year either."
Brooke's mother, Cassandra Adams, said, "I find I'm looking. It's like I'm constantly looking for something to give her back to me-- I think is the best way to put it."
Bianca Slota will have more on the story of "Brooke Bennett -- One Year Later" next week on the Channel 3 News at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.